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The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

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The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

Drew Brawley killed his family, and now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, talks with the nurses and his best friends are cancer patients. All he trying to do is become invisible in this hospital setting to prevent Death from finding him.

Then one night, Rusty is wheeled into the ER --- his hateful classmates set him on fire because he is gay. Drew is immediately drawn to Rusty. He finds hope in him, hope that he and Rusty can have a normal life outside of the hospital and escape their past. The only thing keeping him from this is Death, and Drew refuses to let her steal Rusty after she stole his parents and sister from him.

This is not a story that you can fly through without really absorbing it --- it is extremely thought-provoking in the best way.

THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY is a mind-blowing book that is funny but will also make you cry like a baby. It’s filled with stunning writing and character development, and author Shaun Hutchinson did an amazing job teaching readers a lesson about grief and how to accept people who may be different or less fortunate than them.

The book is part graphic novel, and Hutchinson did an amazing job writing both parts of THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY. In fact, there are times where the reader will want more from the graphic novel than the actual storyline.

Every character in this story is a character you really grow to love. This is not a story that you can fly through without really absorbing it --- it is extremely thought-provoking in the best way.

Reviewed by Harman K., Teen Board Member on April 7, 2015

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley
by Shaun David Hutchinson

  • Publication Date: January 20, 2015
  • Genres: Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • ISBN-10: 1481403109
  • ISBN-13: 9781481403108